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- Ali Fedotowsky-Manno was on "The Bachelorette" in 2010.
- Now she's a mom of two and prioritizing sun safety after a skin-cancer diagnosis.
- This is Ali's story, as told to Kelly Burch.
This as-told-to essay is based on a conversation with Ali Fedotowsky-Manno. It has been edited for length and clarity.
I was a child of the 1990s. I used to bake in tanning beds and not think twice about a sunburn. When I thought about skin health, I was focused on reducing wrinkles and looking youthful. But about five years ago, I noticed a spot on my stomach. It turned out to be skin cancer.
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I was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, a very common and highly treatable form of skin cancer. It sounds silly to say I feel lucky to have had cancer, but I do: I caught it early, when the cancer could be removed during an outpatient appointment. After that, I started using my platform to teach people about the importance of skin health. Most recently, I've partnered with Banana Boat to make sure that everyone knows how to protect their skin.
A matchmaker reviewed a 43-year-old's Hinge profile and said she should ditch the sunglasses photo and use the prompts to showcase her personality more
- Michele, a 43-year-old marketing professional, had her Hinge profile reviewed by an expert for Insider's Dating App Clinic.
- Expert Rori Sassoon suggested Michele use fewer adjectives and swap out photos to show her personality more.
- Sassoon loved the quality of Michele's photos and her sophisticated vibe.
- If you'd like to have your profile reviewed by experts, submit here.
Michele, a 43-year-old marketing professional in London, volunteered to have her Hinge profile reviewed for Insider's Dating App Clinic, a series where we ask experts how to revamp your dating profiles to increase your chances of finding a match.
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On any given day, my face will be some shade of pink or red. This is due to a number of factors, like my genetic complexion, rosacea, and extremely sensitive skin. My skin type is combination; I need thicker creams during the winter, and lighter options during the summer, especially where I live in California, when it's blisteringly hot. Even in the depths of winter, though, I can't use too rich of a moisturizer, or I'll break out. I'm like Goldilocks, it has to be just right. I've known about barrier creams for a while; they help replenish the skin's natural barrier, which can be damaged or irritated.
Michele said she's currently using Hinge, Facebook Dating, and Inner Circle to date around. She's looking for someone who is reliable, kind, and loyal.
Michele said her deal breakers are drug use, smoking, and no interest in marriage. Ultimately, Michele wants to get married and start a family, she told Insider.
"I get too many replies from men who just want a fling, when I clearly state I'm not looking for a fling. I have a lot of love, friendship, and wonderful qualities to give for a long-term partner," Michele said. "I'm easy-going and responsible, live life to the fullest, and enjoy simple pleasures."
Rori Sassoon, the CEO and co-founder of New York City matchmaking service Platinum Poire, told Insider how Michele could improve her dating profile and increase her chances of finding a match.
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Right away, Sassoon enjoyed Michele's sophisticated photo choices and thoughtful prompt responses.
"She exudes a bright, cheerful presence, while looking quite put together," Sassoon told Insider.
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She also said it's obvious Michele crafted her profile with her intentions for a long-term relationship in mind.
At the same time, Sassoon said Michele could take a less rigid approach to her profile.
"Her profile screams more interview-friendly, rather than, 'I'm a single, sophisticated, independent woman seeking a relationship,'" Sassoon said.
She suggested Michele take a lighter approach to Hinge's written prompts, and use more examples and less adjectives.
For the "Two truths and a lie" prompt, Michele could write about places she's traveled or her favorite pastimes, according to Sassoon.
She said a match can learn your values when you meet in person, while your profile should give just a taste of your personality.
Here, Sassoon said Michele could pick a photo that shows off her vibrant personality more.
"The photos seemed to be on the staged side, causing her to minimize her personality," Sassoon said.
She suggested including a photo that showcases a favorite hobby, like reading, hiking, or going to the beach.
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Last, Michele should focus on showing, not telling, her matches the relationship she wants, said Sassoon.
Overall, Michele's profile gives a direct idea of the person she is and what she's looking for, according to Sassoon.
From an outside perspective, her approach may come off as too textbook, but a few simple tweaks can help.
Sassoon suggested Michele think about what "thirst for knowledge" and "compassion" mean to her. Then, she can give specific examples of what that would look like for her in a relationship.
"If she wishes to meet someone to volunteer with, type that instead! She can build a potential connection on a shared interest, instead of listing adjectives," Sassoon said.
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Finally, she suggested Michele take her new personality-filled profile to other platforms like Match.com and the Lox Club to widen her dating pool.
Now I'm meticulous about sun protection for me and my kids. On the rare occasion that I forget to apply sunscreen, my 6-year-old, Molly, will remind me before we leave the house. I love that she's prioritizing skin protection from childhood.
As women, we're often focused on how our skin looks. But at the end of the day, if you get skin cancer you might not have the pleasure of being able to age and get wrinkles. It's a gift to get older. I want my skin to look great, and more importantly, be healthy. That starts with applying sunscreen.
We're outside in the sun a lot
Sun protection is important to my family because we spend a lot of time outside. Want to know the secret to how influencers keep our homes so clean? We keep the messes outside!
Molly and her 4-year-old brother, Riley, love to play simple games. Recently we filled a tub with water, and I gave them each a cup and placed two pails at the other end of the yard. They spent hours running with their cups, seeing who could fill their pails first.
Right now, I'm at this magical parenting stage where I've passed through the physical exhaustion of the infant years, but I'm not yet at the mentally taxing preteen and teen years. I want to savor these moments.
I don't try to enjoy every moment
Of course, spending quality time with kids isn't always easy. Especially during the pandemic, moms spent a lot of time coexisting with their kids. We're getting through the day together, but we're not necessarily having fun.
I'm not going to lie, I keep some CBD on hand for the more challenging days. And I don't pressure myself to enjoy every moment. Instead, I focus on quality, not quantity. You can never be fully present with your children at all times. We can't enjoy every moment together, but I make sure to create little pockets of fun and laughter that get me through the less picture-perfect parenting moments.
Ali Fedotowsky-Manno is an entertainment journalist, influencer and former Bachelorette. Follow her on Instagram @ali.manno.
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